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SQL Server – Script to Rebuild / Reorganize Indexes based on Fragmentation and No of Pages

Heavily fragmented indexes can degrade query performance and cause applications to respond slowly. Reorganizing or rebuilding of indexes will fix this issue. However, this is a very resource intensive process. Therefore identify and only rebuild the indexes that need to be rebuilt is important.

Following criteria can be used to determine which indexes to rebuild, which indexes to reorganize, and which indexes to leave alone.
  • REBUILD index : if fragmentation is > 30% and number of pages > 1000
  • REORGANIZE index : if fragmentation is > 10 % but < 30% and number of pages > 1000

We can use system function sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats to find out fragmentation information of indexes like:
  • avg_fragmentation_in_percent: The percent of logical fragmentation (out-of-order pages in the index).
  • fragment_count: The number of fragments (physically consecutive leaf pages) in the index.
  • avg_fragment_size_in_pages: Average number of pages in one fragment in an index.

Following is a complete SQL script copied from for the above purpose. Setting “report_only = 1” of the script will only analyze the database without updating.

-- Ensure a USE <databasename> statement has been executed first.

-- adapted from "Rebuild or reorganize indexes (with configuration)" from MSDN Books Online
-- (

-- =======================================================
-- || Configuration variables:
-- || - 10 is an arbitrary decision point at which to reorganize indexes.
-- || - 30 is an arbitrary decision point at which to
-- || switch from reorganizing, to rebuilding.
-- || - 0 is the default fill factor. Set this to a
-- || a value from 1 to 99, if needed.
-- =======================================================
DECLARE @reorg_frag_thresh   float       SET @reorg_frag_thresh   = 10.0
DECLARE @rebuild_frag_thresh float       SET @rebuild_frag_thresh = 30.0
DECLARE @fill_factor         tinyint     SET @fill_factor         = 80
DECLARE @report_only         bit         SET @report_only         = 1

-- added (DS) : page_count_thresh is used to check how many pages the current table uses
DECLARE @page_count_thresh smallint     SET @page_count_thresh   = 1000

-- Variables required for processing.
DECLARE @objectid       int
DECLARE @indexid        int
DECLARE @partitioncount bigint
DECLARE @schemaname     nvarchar(130)
DECLARE @objectname     nvarchar(130)
DECLARE @indexname      nvarchar(130)
DECLARE @partitionnum   bigint
DECLARE @partitions     bigint
DECLARE @frag           float
DECLARE @page_count     int
DECLARE @command        nvarchar(4000)
DECLARE @intentions     nvarchar(4000)
DECLARE @table_var      TABLE(
                          objectid     int,
                          indexid      int,
                          partitionnum int,
                          frag         float,
                          page_count   int

-- Conditionally select tables and indexes from the
-- sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats function and
-- convert object and index IDs to names.
    [object_id]                    AS objectid,
    [index_id]                     AS indexid,
    [partition_number]             AS partitionnum,
    [avg_fragmentation_in_percent] AS frag,
       [page_count]                         AS page_count
    sys.dm_db_index_physical_stats (DB_ID(), NULL, NULL , NULL, 'LIMITED')
    [avg_fragmentation_in_percent] > @reorg_frag_thresh
       page_count > @page_count_thresh
    index_id > 0

-- Declare the cursor for the list of partitions to be processed.
    SELECT * FROM @table_var

-- Open the cursor.
OPEN partitions

-- Loop through the partitions.
        FROM partitions
        INTO @objectid, @indexid, @partitionnum, @frag, @page_count


        @objectname = QUOTENAME(o.[name]),
        @schemaname = QUOTENAME(s.[name])
        sys.objects AS o WITH (NOLOCK)
        JOIN sys.schemas as s WITH (NOLOCK)
        ON s.[schema_id] = o.[schema_id]
        o.[object_id] = @objectid

        @indexname = QUOTENAME([name])
        sys.indexes WITH (NOLOCK)
        [object_id] = @objectid AND
        [index_id] = @indexid

        @partitioncount = count (*)
        sys.partitions WITH (NOLOCK)
        [object_id] = @objectid AND
        [index_id] = @indexid

    -- Build the required statement dynamically based on options and index stats.
    SET @intentions =
        @schemaname + N'.' +
        @objectname + N'.' +
        @indexname + N':' + CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)
    SET @intentions =
        REPLACE(SPACE(LEN(@intentions)), ' ', '=') + CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) +
    SET @intentions = @intentions +
        N' FRAGMENTATION: ' + CAST(@frag AS nvarchar) + N'%' + CHAR(13) + CHAR(10) +
        N' PAGE COUNT: '    + CAST(@page_count AS nvarchar) + CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)

    IF @frag < @rebuild_frag_thresh BEGIN
        SET @intentions = @intentions +
            N' OPERATION: REORGANIZE' + CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)
        SET @command =
            N'ALTER INDEX ' + @indexname +
            N' ON ' + @schemaname + N'.' + @objectname +
            N' REORGANIZE; ' +
            N' UPDATE STATISTICS ' + @schemaname + N'.' + @objectname +
            N' ' + @indexname + ';'

    IF @frag >= @rebuild_frag_thresh BEGIN
        SET @intentions = @intentions +
            N' OPERATION: REBUILD' + CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)
        SET @command =
            N'ALTER INDEX ' + @indexname +
            N' ON ' + @schemaname + N'.' +     @objectname +
            N' REBUILD'
    IF @partitioncount > 1 BEGIN
        SET @intentions = @intentions +
            N' PARTITION: ' + CAST(@partitionnum AS nvarchar(10)) + CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)
        SET @command = @command +
            N' PARTITION=' + CAST(@partitionnum AS nvarchar(10))
    IF @frag >= @rebuild_frag_thresh AND @fill_factor > 0 AND @fill_factor < 100 BEGIN
        SET @intentions = @intentions +
            N' FILL FACTOR: ' + CAST(@fill_factor AS nvarchar) + CHAR(13) + CHAR(10)
        SET @command = @command +
            N' WITH (FILLFACTOR = ' + CAST(@fill_factor AS nvarchar) + ')'

    -- Execute determined operation, or report intentions
    IF @report_only = 0 BEGIN
        SET @intentions = @intentions + N' EXECUTING: ' + @command
        PRINT @intentions     
        EXEC (@command)
        PRINT @intentions
       PRINT @command


-- Close and deallocate the cursor.
CLOSE partitions
DEALLOCATE partitions


Rebuilding an index can be executed online or offline. Reorganizing an index is always executed online:

Cross Domain Access to HTTP Handler using jQuery Ajax

We can access Http handlers directly from a regular AJAX call, if they are in the same domain. However it is not the case if handler is hosted in a different domain. One solution is to use JSONP (the “padding” around the pure JSON).

JSONP pass the response from the server in to a user specified function, return the response as JSON, but also wrap the response in the requested call back.

In order to use JSONP, server has to support JSONP. The client tells the server the callback function for the response. The server then return the response as JSON, but also wraps the response in this callback function.

HttpHandler sending the response in the format expected by JSONP.

public class AtomHandler : IHttpHandler
  /// Enables processing of HTTP Web requests by a custom HttpHandler that implements the System.Web.IHttpHandler interface.
  /// <param name="context"> A System.Web.HttpContext object that provides references to the intrinsic server objects (for example, Request, Response, Session, and Server) used to service HTTP requests .< /param>
  public voidProcessRequest( HttpContext context)
   string jsonString= "{'Title':'What Will Brand Engagement Look Like in 2020?','Summary':'When it comes to brand engagement, 5 years will seem like a lifetime.','UpdatedDate':'4/23/2015 4:27:46 AM +00:00','FeedType':'MBD - Marketing'}" ;
   string jsonp=context.Request["callback"];
   if (! String.IsNullOrEmpty (jsonp))
    jsonString = jsonp + "("+jsonString+")";
   context.Response.ContentType = "application/json";
  /// Gets a value indicating whether another request can use this instance.
  public bool IsReusable
    return false;

jQuery JSONP request to get data from handler.

var loadAtomData=function() {
  try {
      url: "http://<server>/AtomTest/AtomHandler.ashx",               
      type: "GET",
      dataType: "jsonp",
      jsonp: "callback",
      contentType: "application/json; charset=utf-8" ,
      success: function (responseData, txtStatus, jqXHR) {
        console.log( "The response is" , responseData);
      error: function (responseData, txtStatus, errThrown) {
        console.warn(responseData, txtStatus, errThrown);
        alert( 'JSONP failed - ' + txtStatus);
  } catch(e) {
$(document).ready( function() {

Web browsers let scripts from a webpage to access data from a second page, if both have the same origin (URI scheme, hostname and port). JSONP works since browsers do not enforce the same-origin policy on <script> tags.